At least seven Balochi political prisoners were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) between December 26, 2020 and January 3, 2021. United for Iran unequivocally condemns these executions and reiterates the IRI’s obligation under international law to uphold the right to life, liberty, and a fair trial. These executions were carried out mere weeks after the highly publicized execution of dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam in early December, revealing the IRI’s continued use of the death penalty as a political tactic to suppress dissent.

United for Iran’s Iran Prison Atlas (IPA) researchers report that several political prisoners were silently…


Judge Mohammad Reza Amouzad, pictured here, has been involved in multiple executions of political prisoners throughout 2020.

Mohammad Reza Amouzad, a judge with the Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court, sentenced at least four political prisoners to death between February 2020 to July 2020: Rouhollah Zam, Amir Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi were all sentenced to death at Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, where Judge Amouzad has been present as a secondary judge. Rouhollah Zam’s execution was carried out on December 12, 2020.

According to research conducted by Iran Prison Atlas, Judge Amouzad, who used to preside over mostly non-political cases at Branch 24 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, has also been a part of…


Amir Hossein Moradi, pictured here, was first arrested during Iran’s nationwide protests in November 2019. He has since been sentenced to execution.

December 3, 2020 — Amir Hossein Moradi, an Iranian political prisoner who was originally arrested during Iran’s nationwide protests in November 2019, was brutally beaten and sent to a prison quarantine ward against his will by Asghar Fathi, the director of the Greater Tehran Prison.

According to Iran Prison Atlas researchers, prior to the beating Mr. Moradi had been hospitalized in Razi Hospital for about 20 days due to complications from psoriasis. Before leaving the hospital, Mr. Moradi reportedly received a PCR test to check for COVID-19, which came back negative. Mr. Moradi’s hope was that this negative test result…


Mohammad Habibi, pictured here, was among the political prisoners released during this week’s general amnesty. Habibi is a member of the board of directors of the Teachers’ Union of Iran, and previously served as the secretary of the Islamic Students Association of Shahid Rajaei University in Tehran.

According to researchers from the Iran Prison Atlas, Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for the Iranian Judiciary, said in a press conference today that a total of 2,301 prisoners were to be released, including 157 prisoners labeled as “security convicts” who were arrested for taking part in protests against the government. These 157 prisoners were charged with crimes including propaganda against the regime, conspiracy, collusion, and for allegedly taking part in riots against the government.

The prisoner amnesty was part of a customary clemency which marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Such amnesties have been used by the Islamic Republic…


The Iran Prison Atlas (IPA) has documented Iran’s abuses of political prisoners for most of the last decade. This report highlights political prisoner trends for the second quarter of 2020.

Introduction

In the past few years, the IPA has worked on collecting, verifying, documenting, and publishing information on political prisoners. The charts below include data on citizens who were arrested due to political reasons or reasons of beliefs during the second three months of 2020. Each of the individuals below fall into one of the following categories:

— individuals who were arrested and remained in detention for more than two weeks;

— individuals who received unsuspended prison or lash sentences;

— individuals who were arrested in order to carry out a previous sentence.

To learn more about IPA’s definition of…


Amir Hossein Moradi, pictured here, was arrested during Iran’s November 2019 protests and was later sentenced to death. His father recently killed himself after suffering months of stress related to the case.

Based on reports from the Iran Prison Atlas, the father of Amir Hossein Moradi — a political prisoner arrested during Iran’s November 2019 protests — has committed suicide. Mr. Moradi was about 60 years old.

A source close to the Iran Prison Atlas team stated: “Unfortunately, Mr. Moradi, who in recent months suffered a great deal of psychological stress following the unjust death sentence handed down to his son, has hanged himself in his own home and has died.”

Shortly after Mr. Moradi’s body was found, security agents reportedly came to the family’s home and pressured Amir Hossein Moradi’s sister…


Images of the 4 political prisoners, who were later executed, whose images are shared on the Hidden Faces Instagram filter.

Executions of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience are once again on the rise in Iran. For over the last decade our response to these times of challenge have been the same — to share the stories of those wrongfully imprisoned, tortured, or executed, to generate awareness for their situation, and to hold those responsible accountable.

As part of that effort, this month, Hidden Faces released an Instagram filter for users to learn about 4 prisoners of conscience in Iran were executed through unfair trials for civic activities, political engagement, and the expression of their beliefs. The filter also allows…


Majid Reza Souzanchi Kashani, pictured above, has been imprisoned in Iran for his “membership in evangelical organizations” for the previous 3 years.

Majid Reza Souzanchi Kashani was arrested on November 18th, 2017. Initially, he was charged with being a member of an evangelical group, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison by Judge Amadzadeh of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. The sentence was later appealed, and his case was sent to Branch 54 of the court, presided over by Judge Babaei. Judge Babaei reduced Mr. Souzanchi’s sentence to 2 years in prison following the appeal. However, Mr. …


Prisoners in Iran’s Evin Prison protested in the prison courtyard recently to demand better protections from the novel coronavirus. Iran’s prison conditions, which are known for their shortcomings, have come under additional scrutiny during the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests began this week in Tehran’s Evin prison after 12 prisoners recently tested positive for coronavirus, according to Iran Prison Atlas researchers. 27 prisoners sat in the prison courtyard and demanded immediate attention to resolve the situation. Iran’s prison conditions have been scrutinized by human rights organizations for years for their inadequate conditions and poor treatment of prisoners, and these issues have only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Prisoners reportedly decried an utter lack of any protections for those incarcerated in Evin. Prisoners reportedly do not have access to masks or other personal protective equipment, disinfectant to clean their…


Mostafa Salehi, above, was hanged this week — just 2 weeks after a massive #StopExecutions campaign went viral throughout Iran.

Iranian media has reported that Mostafa Salehi, a political prisoner charged with the murder of a Basij paramilitary officer during Iran’s protests in January 2018, was hanged this week. Salehi had repeatedly denied the charges levied against him and reportedly did not receive a fair trial following his arrest. His execution has been considered especially jarring since it occurred a mere 2 weeks after a massive campaign against the death penalty in Iran, and has raised concerns from human rights organizations that other political prisoners may be at increased risk.

Mr. Salehi was arrested during protests in the city of…

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